Thursday, April 05, 2007

A Cartoon That Says it All

I've always loved comics. I grew up reading comic books, newspaper comic strips, political cartoons; if it had words and pictures, I would at least give it a try. The best comics can distill a complex idea into a simple concept. It may not give a complete explanation, but it can allow you to comprehend something that you couldn't comprehend a minute before. The best comics make it look easy; a simple picture, a few words, leading to a laugh born of both mirth and of understanding. Dry Bones is one of those rare strips that entertains while it makes a powerful point. The pictures are simple. There are only a few words. But the combination is a dual hammer blow to the brain and to the funny bone. I don't like swiping comic strips, and I rarely do it (please disregard my previous post). But this one rings with an aching truth.

For the long-winded prose version of this strip, read: Why the Jews? The Reason for Antisemitism, by Dennis Prager and Joseph Telushkin. If you are interested in the subject, it is a book worth reading. You may or may not agree with their conclusions, but it will give you something to think about.

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At 9:06 AM, Blogger Jungle Mom said...

I love Dry Bones, most of the time. Sometimes I am missing an element of understanding and so do not find the humor. As you say this is achingly true.


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